HD TVs

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17 Nov 2012
HowardJ
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HowardJ
I appear to have acquired the role of TV advisor to old people, so:

- What's the best technology for HD TVs (LED, LCD, etc. )?
- What's the best HD TV you can get for around £300?

Thanks

Posted 17 Nov 2012
andy_h
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andy_h
I'm in the market for a bedroom telly at the moment. I've found the best of the walk in shops to be the Richer Sounds sales, if you have one near you have a look, they've got some good deals on at the moment

Posted 17 Nov 2012
stolenfaces
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stolenfaces
HowardJ
I appear to have acquired the role of TV advisor to old people, so: - What's the best technology for HD TVs (LED, LCD, etc. )? - What's the best HD TV you can get for around £300? Thanks
What size ? Do you need any other connectivity (than a freeview tuner) Note that most HD tvs don't have freeview HD tuners included.
Posted 17 Nov 2012
Edited by stolenfaces 17 Nov 2012
K_Studios
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"Note that most HD tvs don't have freeview HD tuners included"

I think since the switch-over you would find it very difficult to find a TV that does not have a freeview tuner built in - though there are fewer with HD Freeview on board.


Posted 17 Nov 2012
gerryquiff
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andy_h

I'm in the market for a bedroom telly at the moment. I've found the best of the walk in shops to be the Richer Sounds sales, if you have one near you have a look, they've got some good deals on at the moment


I'll second Richer Sounds.  Don't worry about some of the unfamiliar brand names, Richer Sounds are choosy about the products they stock and sell.

Posted 17 Nov 2012
PeterH
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Thirded for Richer Sounds. If the people looking for a TV aren't looking for specific features, then there seems to be a decent 32in full HD set on their site for £269.

Posted 17 Nov 2012
stolenfaces
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stolenfaces
K_Studios
"Note that most HD tvs don't have freeview HD tuners included" I think since the switch-over you would find it very difficult to find a TV that does not have a freeview tuner built in - though there are fewer with HD Freeview on board.
The HD is my point- it is easy to assume that a tv that says full-hd would have a hd tuner but this is often not the case. If you are just watching freeview and you don't have an hd tuner, there isn't much point in having a full hd tv. For old people (in particular) the quality of the user interface and epg is especially important.
Posted 18 Nov 2012
Byron
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Yeah, another for Richer sounds, good place. Mine is an LCD LG 42", 1920 x 1080 full HD, with HDMI inputs, a USB slot and inputs from computer broadband, etc. Great picture, loads of adjustments; cinema to bright and garish! Anything bigger and I'd be in the garden trying to fit it all in. Suits me fine.

Alan.
Posted 18 Nov 2012
Edited by Byron 17 Nov 2012
grahamsphotography
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Bought my LG 32" HDTV over 2 years ago because it had built in HD Freeview and USB and connection to the internet built in all for under £300, it has been brilliant and has the best picture I have seen for under £700 and I have worked with Pro tv monitors for over half my life.



Posted 18 Nov 2012
Sarge
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HowardJ
I appear to have acquired the role of TV advisor to old people, so: - What's the best technology for HD TVs (LED, LCD, etc. )? - What's the best HD TV you can get for around £300? Thanks
For that price bracket it will be either LCD or Plasma. LED is not as commonly available yet. Some will say that they are LED when in fact they are still LCD. True LED (known as OLED) is VERY expansive at the moment and in the 1,000's bracket rather than the 100's. The very thin TV's (like the one i have) are side lit LCD's and a lot suffer with clouding of the screens (uneven blacks), so it is rather difficult to find one that doesnt. The slightly thicker TV's are backlit and dont suffer as much from this. As for the LCD v Plasma debate, the jury is still out, but i personally think that LCD is slightly ahead. Go to AVForums for better information on TV's http://www.avforums.com/forums/index.php I too like Richer Sounds.
Posted 18 Nov 2012
HowardJ
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HowardJ
Ideally needs to have SCART or phono connectors as they already have a VCR, freeview receiver and DVD player that they'd like to continue using. I think having freeview built-in might make it easier for them to handle. They could then use phono connectors to connect the DVD player.

Posted 18 Nov 2012
PeterH
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HowardJ

Ideally needs to have SCART or phono connectors as they already have a VCR, freeview receiver and DVD player that they'd like to continue using. I think having freeview built-in might make it easier for them to handle. They could then use phono connectors to connect the DVD player.



The one I nentioned earlier seems to have all you need, and freeviewHD as standard, negating the need to connect a freeview box. Check the specs to be sure.

http://www.richersounds.com/product/tv---all/samsung/ue32eh5000/sams-ue32eh5000
Posted 18 Nov 2012
HowardJ
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HowardJ
PeterH
The one I nentioned earlier seems to have all you need, and freeviewHD as standard, negating the need to connect a freeview box. Check the specs to be sure. http://www.richersounds.com/product/tv---all/samsung/ue32eh5000/sams-ue32eh5000
Certainly seems to tick all the boxes. I'll let my Mum's neighbour know. All their husbands have been dying recently so I every time I come home I end up getting their Internet, computers and TVs working. Right off back south for me again. I love the M6 through Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon.
Posted 18 Nov 2012
Edited by HowardJ 18 Nov 2012
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